Friday, 29 July 2016

29 July 2016

As the summer term ended, the School caught up with two inspirational young alumni who have gone on to shine in swimming and water polo following impressive sporting careers during their school years.

Olympian Ed Scott played water polo for Team GB in the 2012 Olympics and has since competed for England at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014. He left Bolton School in 2006 to read Medicine at Leeds University and continued to play water polo throughout his studies before being granted a year out to concentrate on his sport to prepare for the Olympics. Here he reflects on his water polo career and university life.

Old Girl Emma Saunders left Bolton School in 2012 having won silver and bronze swimming medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and medals at the World Junior Championships in Lima. She had won a full-time swimming scholarship at the University of Alabama in the US, and has recently completed her degree.

This week, Bolton School has played host to two of Activate Sport's summer camps.

The girls attending Netball Fever were delighted to meet England Netball and Manchester Thunder star Helen Housby, who spent a whole day sharing her expertise and coaching them through a variety of fun activities. The girls have had a good time increasing their netball skills over the course of the camp.

Lancashire CCC bowler Glen Chapple visited the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy and gave the boys a bowling masterclass. He also talked about his career, played some fun games, and allowed time for an enthusiastic question and answer session. The children made the most of his visit, making sure to quiz him about different types of bowling techniques as well as about his experiences playing first-class cricket. Over the course of the week they have enjoyed a variety of activities designed to hone their skills.

This week's Inspiring Mind is Stuart Cumming, an Old Boy who attended the School from 1944 to 1951, after which he went on to study Medicine at Manchester University. He worked at Bolton General Hospital after he qualified, but eventually decided in the 1960s to join the Royal Australian Navy. In the US he trained to specialise in Ophthalmology and, since then, has gone on to pioneer a revolutionary type of artificial lens.

Friday, 15 July 2016

15 July 2016

There have been plenty of exciting events as the end of the summer term brought the 2015-16 academic year to a close. This bumper News Blog will catch up on all the news from the end of term.

The Centenary Ball was a spectacular finale to the School's official 100 and 500 Year Anniversary Celebrations. With pupils playing music to open the event, stilt-walkers dancing, aerial silks and fire performances, School-themed 'Heads and Tails', an exciting silent auction, and dancing long into the night, this was certainly an evening to remember! The 100/500 Celebrations have seen the School commemorate in 2014-15 the Centenary of the Bolton School Foundation and in 2015-16 the 500th anniversary of the first reference to the boys' school in Bolton, which went on to become the Boys' Division.

A short film rounding up the centenary year, which was shown at the Ball, can be viewed here.

The School hosted the Bolton Children's Fiction Award Ceremony for 2016 towards the end of term. All six nominated authors arrived for the occasion, along with 250 children from local schools and Boys' and Girls' Division pupils. After a morning of interesting workshops, author and illustrator Curtis Jobling took to the stage for the announcement of this year's winner: Narinder Dhami with Thirteen Hours.

On the last Friday before the summer holidays, the whole of the Boys' Division set out from the School on a sponsored walk to the top of Rivington. 650 pupils took part and the aim is to raised £10,000, allowing the School to donate £500 each to 20 charities, nominated by pupils and parents. The boys have collectively walked 6,000 miles: a distance that would easily see them to one of the chosen charities in Nepal!

Pupils at the Junior Boys' School raised a staggering £10,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) with their sponsored Fun Run. The charity was chosen following a kind donation from the family of Old Boy Simon Binner, who died from MND last year, and was made all the more poignant following the recent death of another Bolton School alumnus, Sir Harry Kroto, from the same disease.

In the Girls' Division on the morning of 1 July, pupils gathered for a commemorative assembly to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. This was all the more poignant as the story of Quintin Livingstone Smith, an Old Boy who was killed on the day the battle began, was shared during the assembly, alongside the names of all the Old Boys who died over the course of the battle.

On the evening of 1 July, Year 7 pupils James Hopkinson and Olivia Sample became members of a national children's choir to sing at the national commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme, which took place in Heaton Park, Manchester. The members of the choir were drawn from the Halle Children's choir and choirs from Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Boys' Division came together for the annual Prizegiving celebration. This year's guest speaker was Robin Partington, an Old Boy who has since gone on to become an architect and who oversaw the building of the iconic London landmark the 'Gherkin'. e gave an insightful address, advising boys to stay in touch with their friends, respect their colleagues, and learn to communicate. The Headmaster also gave his review of the past year.

At lunchtime, Robin spoke to Senior School pupils about his work in London and in particular the 'Gherkin' project. His fascinating talk charted his career from its beginnings, refusing to leave Liverpool University until they gave him a place on the Architecture course, to the present day and discussed some of the important things he has learned in the process. He also reflected on his time at Bolton School.

Robin also talked to pupils at Park Road, the Junior Boys' School, where he was once a pupil. Again focusing on his work as an architect, the lessons he has learned, and some of the important life skills he has needed in his career, his talk gave a fascinating insight into the world of architecture.

As the end of term drew near, there were several productions to enjoy. The first of these was the Girls' Division Middle School Production of Grimm Tales. Based on the fairytales told by the Brothers Grimm, this play told some familiar stories like those of Little Red Cap and Snow White, and some less well-known tales as well. Fantastic costumes and great acting skill helped to bring the human and animal characters alike to life.

The Junior Girls' annual Summer Concert this year had the theme of Once Upon A Time and transported the audience back to childhood with a series of familiar song and poems. With classic musical numbers and poems from Dr Seuss and Roald Dahl, this charming concert was hugely entertaining and uplifting.

In contrast, the Year 6 Junior Boys' performance of Bugsy Malone was an evening of hilarious gangster fun. The gangs' copious use of splurge guns and custard pies had the audience roaring with laughter from the start. Their musical numbers and choreography were impressive, and they managed to keep the drama going from the moment the curtain went up!

The Year 2 Concert showed off the Beech House leavers' broad range of talent. From gymnastics and ju-jitsu displays to singing, playing musical instruments, dancing, and even comedy routines, there was a little bit of everything over the course of the concert! The pupils really enjoyed getting up on stage and showing off what they could do.

A retiring collection was made at the Year 2 concert in support of the RNLI. When the Year 2 pupils visited the Fylde Coast as part of their work learning about the beach, they took the opportunity to personally had over the cheque for £330 - and also saw a lifeboat launch!

The Junior Girls' Charity Afternoon raised over £680 for a variety of organisations . The Year 6 pupils organised fun activities, offered to do younger pupils' hair, nails and make-up, and sold lots of sweet treats and drinks to raise this impressive amount.

The Year 7 and Year 8 Girls' Celebration Evening this year had an American twist as they came together to celebrate academic and extra-curricular success. Readings, choir performances and orchestra pieces punctuated the evening, leading the audience on a musical journey through the history of the USA which was highly appropriate for the date of the event: 4 July, Independence Day.

Click here to watch the girls perform 'New York, New York'.

Junior and Senior musical ensembles have also been out and about this term to perform at local schools. The Joint Orchestra, the Boys' Division Brass Ensemble, and the Junior Concert Band have all given performances in recent weeks.

The Bolton School Jazz Band has performed at Kneller Hall, the Royal Military School of Music in Twickenham. They were invited to perform as part of Kneller Hall’s Summer Concerts in the Park season as a result of winning a Gold Award at the NCBF Finals earlier this year.

Pupils at Beech House, the Infant School, also enjoyed a three-person performance of Wind in the Willows as the term drew to a close. This enchanting version of the classic tale featured Toad's obsession with the motor-car and Mole's introduction to 'messing about on the water', but also included modern references such as Minecraft, the soap opera Neighbours and pub quizzes!

A team of four Boys' Division pupils have won the Greater Manchester Chemquiz and won a place in the Royal Society of Chemistry's Top of the Bench competition next year! The team worked really well together on the day in completing the set challenges, which included a difficult quiz and practical activities.

Biology teacher and Old Boy Mr Teasdale has been awarded the runner-up spot in the Royal Society of Biology's Teacher of the Year Award. His passion for his subject, innovative use of e-learning and engagement via additional clubs won him praise from the judges and he was delighted to receive this recognition.

Girls' Division physics teacher Mrs Holt is delighted to see Physics for You, the GCSE textbook that she has helped update to meet the new specifications, published in its fifth iteration. Earlier in the year, she was delighted to learn that the School's Physics Department had decided to use another of her books as the A Level textbook.

Pupils have had their GCSE and A Level artwork displayed at the University of Bolton once again. Girls' Division and Boys' Division pupils have had their work featured in the Best of Bolton Schools' Art and Design Exhibition, which is a collaboration between the University and schools in Bolton.

Meanwhile in the Junior Girls' School the annual Photography Competition was judged once again by professional photographer Mark Power. The theme this year was 'Nature' and the girls in every year group submitted a host of wonderful images that fit this broad category. The overall winner and year group winners were announced in a final celebratory assembly at the end of term.

The Saxophone Choir travelled to Birmingham for the Music for Youth National Festival. The group played several sessions and impressed the judges with their performances.

Over the course of the past year, the Girls' Division has raised over £12,000 for various local, national and international charities. This wonderful feat has been achieved through non-uniform days, collections, bake sales, and a variety of other initiatives.

An amazing 86% of Year 6 boys at the Junior Boys' School have passed the Mandarin Youth Chinese Test (YCT)! This is the first year the School has done the test, and the results show the boys' aptitude with the language.

The Girls' Division recently hosted a Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) poetry competition, with Bolton School pupils excelling at the challenge! Pupils had to recite a poem in French, German or Spanish from memory to take part.

The Year 8 girls enjoyed a fast-paced play entirely in French to help to consolidate all that they had learned over the course of the year. The play, called Les Garçons (Boys), told the story of a French girl who encounters lots of problems with a former boyfriend while trying to babysit! The pupils were really engaged with the story and delighted to help out when members of the audience were enlisted to pass messages between the characters.

Young entrepreneurs at the Junior Boys' School put their skills to the test during Entrepreneurs Week, putting on stalls for other boys to enjoy to raise money for charity. The team with the most profit at the end of the week were declared winners and chose to support Cancer Research UK. They were able to donate over £250!

A group of eight Sixth Form girls have completed their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Expedition sailing around the coast of Scotland on the ketch, Tenacity of Bolton. Following this amazing and unforgettable experience, the girls will now complete 12 months of volunteering and 6 months of physical activity to achieve the Award.

In sporting news, the School has won the North of England Under 15 Cricket Cup! This excellent achievement means that the team will now go on to play in the national final at Arundel in September.

The cricket teams this summer have enjoyed particular success, with all year group teams reaching the semi-finals or finals of the Lancashire Schools Cricket Association (LSCA) competitions and the 1st XI also reaching the semi-final of the HMC T20 Competition. Old Boys Haseeb Hameed and Matthew Parkinson have also showed their prowess on the Lancashire CCC 1st team.

Playing against the MCC Team in a friendly match, the First XI managed to draw. The match was a dramatic one, with the School's top order trio not performing as well as might be hoped, but the Bolton School boys managed to pull their performance back to a respectable draw in the end.

This year, the Wallwork Trophy for outstanding skill and commitment in a range of sports in the Girls' Division was awarded jointly to three passionate Year 9 pupils. Amy Chicken, Mabel Horridge and Maddie Kennedy have represented the School in seven sports during Years 7 to 9.

The Junior Girls' Sports Day saw crowds of parents cheering on the pupils as they took part in a range of fun-filled sporting activities. There was even a hint of sunshine on the day!

Niamh Knowles in Year 10 took part in the North West Region Open Water Regional Championships in June. Despite this being just her first competition, she achieved second place both in Lancashire and in the North West, and will go on to compete nationally!

Year 3 pupil Dinburgh Ai recently competed in the Rhythmic Gymnastics National Grade Finals. She did well in the competition, and enjoyed taking part.

Swimmer Elly Fraser in Year 8 has received a national call-up for the British and English Nationals! This follows her impressive performance at the North West regional swimming championships, where she won two golds and a silver in breaststroke.

Meanwhile Hollie Asquith from Year 6 has been crowned British Champion for Free Skating! She also took second place at the British Solo Dance Championships, and as such has qualified for an international competition in November.

Old Boy Lewis Daly left Bolton School last summer, and since then has spent a year travelling. His journey has seen him honing his water polo skills in Hungary, volunteering in India, and now playing for Australia's New South Wales Blue water polo team in the Pan Pacs competition in New Zealand!

From the start of the autumn term 2016, Bolton School will run a new bus route for children wishing to travel from the Winwick and North Warrington area. The new route complements the nearby and popular Culcheth pick-up as well as another 21 routes across the North-West.

Next year, the Girls' Division will once again host the 2016-17 Historical Association Lectures. These will take place in the Sutcliffe Studio. Click the link for further details about dates and topics.

Former staff member David Shaw, who taught in the Boys' Division from 1964 to 2002, shares his memories of his time at Bolton School in his recent Inspiring Minds profile. From physics to badminton to The Pirates of Penzance to the annual Saundersfoot camp, a tradition which continues today, his recollections are wide-ranging and paint a portrait of the School as dedicated to developing a rounded individual.

Constance Howarth, who attended the Girls' Division in the 1940s, went on to become a freelance fabric designer, milliner, dressmaker, business woman and sometime model, earning her fame from Lancashire to London and New York. Her profile talks about the remarkable achievements of this famous Old Girl.

Charles Winder taught English in the Boys' Division from 1964 to 1999. In his Inspiring Mind profile, he discusses some of his memories of Bolton School, including his early impressions of the classrooms and buildings, the annual Tillotson lecture and school productions, and activities within the English department.

Friday, 24 June 2016

24 June 2016

Last weekend, hundreds of guests attended Patterdale Hall's Open Day. It was a great opportunity to see the results of the Phase I refurbishment and for parents to see or even try out some of the activities that pupils enjoy while on their visits. After the event, VIPs enjoyed a hog roast and a plaque was unveiled to commemorate the renovation work.

Staff from Beech House Infant School were also busy over the weekend, taking part in the Midnight Memories walk. Their efforts raised in the region of £1,400 for Bolton Hospice. To add your support, click here.

Two Year 7 pupils added their voices to the world premiere performance of 'A Brief History of Creation' by Jonathan Dove. This evolutionary oratorio, which was also recorded for CD, was commissioned for the Hallé Children's Choir and was conducted by Sir Mark Elder. James Hopkinson and Olivia Sample performed in the choir alongside the Hallé Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall.

This week, Beech House held its annual Sports Days. With one event for Years 1 and 2 and another for the Reception classes, there was lots of sporting action to be seen on the field! The children really threw themselves into the activities with lots of enthusiasm and enjoyed the friendly competition against one another.

Year 4 pupils at Hesketh House, Bolton School's Junior Girls' School, put on a series of sketches based on Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' this week. The devised pieces, which were performed in assembly in front of parents and the rest of the Junior Girls' School, carried the audience through the whole of the play in mere minutes!

This week's Inspiring Mind is David Shaw, a member of Boys' Division staff who taught Physics from 1964 to 2002. His profile shares his memories of his time at Bolton School, including his experiences fell-walking and at Saundersfoot Camp with the boys, taking part in sport, and getting to know the pupils in each class.

Friday, 17 June 2016

17 June 2016

Congratulations to three Old Girls who have recently received honours. Janet Woods and Caroline Plumb were among those recognised in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours list, while Nicola Grinstead has been given the highest award in Girlguiding, the Silver Fish Award.

This week, Sixth Formers held their annual Community Action Celebration Evening. The Year 12 pupils across the Boys' and Girls' Division have this year given over 11,000 hours of their time to the local community to offer help on a wide range of projects and initiatives, and the evening celebrated their commitment. The pupils received gold, silver and bronze level awards for their dedicated voluntary work, and heard from guest speaker Fiona Gibson, the North-West's Ambassador for the Prince's Trust.

Children at Beech House, Bolton School's Infant School were transported back to an 1877 schoolroom with a History Alive workshop this week. They learned all about what life was like for school-age children in the Victorian period and how different it is to their experience of school today. This fascinating experience really allowed the children to feel immersed in the past.

At the end of the week, pupils at Beech House dressed up in costumes from every decade from the past 100 years to help to celebrate the School's centenary! The children enjoyed wearing Sixties Flower Power outfits, Glam Rock makeup, flapper dressed and gangster suits, and lots more creative clothes that helped to bring history to life once again.

Children in the Nursery Class for Three- and Four-Year-Olds got involved with the centenary celebrations too, learning all about the 1920s and dressing up in appropriate costume!

Girls in Year 12 took part in a Beyond Bolton School careers day to get them thinking about their future after A Levels. They heard from various university representatives and also from five alumni who gave talks about employment at 18, studying in the USA, volunteering, psychometric assessments and life as a medical student.

Beech House's annual Summer Ball, which was recently held at the Macron Stadium, was once again a huge success. The event raised £1,500 for the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation (PMSF) through raffles, auctions and donation boxes on the night.

Children from the Butterfly Room at Bolton School's Nursery will be leaving to start school in September, but not without a few special treats beforehand. The children went on a special trip to Knowsley Safari Park to see all of the different animals and were amazed by the sea lion show!

This weekend, on Sunday 19 June, Patterdale Hall is holding an Open Day from 10am to 3pm with lots of activities. Click the link to read more about the School's "80 acre classroom", and visit on Sunday to see it for yourself!

This week's Inspiring Mind is Dr Margaret Spurr, Headmistress of the Girls' Division from 1979 to 1994. Her time as Headmistress saw several ambitious building projects completed, including the conversion of the former swimming pool into the Arts Centre and its opening by the Princess of Wales in 1993. Her profile remembers her time at School fondly and shares some of her personal highlights.

Friday, 10 June 2016

10 June 2016

Bolton School teams have now won in all three age groups at the ESSA National Water Polo Finals - for the second year running! The U13 Team was the last to play, following the U15s' and U18s' success at Bolton One in March, and dominated the national stage of the competition to emerge victorious. The current crop of players have now matched a record held by Bolton School alumni who went on to play at the Olympic and Commonwealth Games.

Pupils and staff were delighted to welcome cricket's greatest all-rounder Sir Garfield Sobers to School this week. He had lunch with the captains of the School's cricket teams and gave an address about the sport to an enthralled audience. He came to Bolton School to thank the senior cricket team, which will take part in the Sir Garfield Sobers Cricket Tournament as part of its tour of Barbados in July 2017.

Today, pupils at the Junior Girls' School celebrated the Queen's 90th Birthday with a special picnic lunch which they enjoyed in the playground! They also dressed in the colours of the British flag to honour the occasion.

Year 5 pupils from eleven local primary schools pitted their wits against one another to see who would be crowned "Brain of Bolton" at Bolton School's Big Quiz! The ten challenging rounds covered a range of subjects and topics and really put the teams' knowledge to the test.

Thirteen members of staff at Beech House, Bolton School's Infant School, will be taking part in the Midnight Memories Walk in aid of Bolton Hospice. Click here to support them on JustGiving!

As the half term drew to a close, boys in Year 9 had a second opportunity to see the U20s Rugby World Cup in School while also learning more about the history of the game. They watched a touring production of Hands Up for Jonny Wilkinson's Right Boot, which visited School as part of a three-week theatre tour supported by the RFU. It tells the story of Frederick Stanley Jackson, a Cornish tin miner who was called to play for England in the first ever British Lions tour of New Zealand in 1908 and also sheds light on other key historical moments.

The Senior Boys' Music Department at Bolton School has been commended by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM). The School has been awarded a Silver Certificate in Music following excellent GCSE results last summer. The Music Department is delighted to have been recognised in this way.

Year 7 sailor Harvey Leigh was recently selected for the 2016 Great Britain U16 International Optimist Team competing at Braassemermeer in the Netherlands. He was one of 215 sailors in the competition and did extremely well.

Old Girl Natasha Lomas recently achieved a distinction in her LTCT diploma in saxophone performance - a particularly impressive feat, since only 25% pass and the saxophone is actually her second instrument!

This week's Inspiring Mind is Mervyn Brooker, who was Boys' Division Headmaster from 2000 to 2008. In his profile he talks about his personal history as well as his cherished memories of leading the School, including the launch of the Millennium Ketch and Winning the National Independent Schools' Cup at football. He also reflects on the community feel at the School and gives great advice to current pupils.

Friday, 20 May 2016

20 May 2016

The School bid farewell to Year 13 this week as they finished for Study Leave before their A Level exams.  The Sixth Form girls held their annual Leavers' Day celebrations with a theme of Childhood Memories, coming into School in fancy dress and enjoying games and a special lunch before departing for Study Leave.

The Sixth Form girls also brought in donations of toys as part of the Leavers' Day celebrations, following the tradition of making a charitable donation on the final day of school. These were given to Bolton Toy Library.

The Junior Boys were also seen in fancy dress for their annual Charity Fun Run, which this year supported the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Mad scientists, Star Wars characters, superheroes, sports stars and many more colourful costumes were seen on the Senior Boys' athletics track for the occasion. The boys ran laps in relay pairs and had lots of fun raising money for this very worthy cause.

The Boys' Division was invited to Buckingham Palace for a Garden Party to celebrate 150 years of the Barnardo's Charity. Mr Joseph, the Boys' Division Head of Sixth Form, represented the School at the celebration, which was hosted by the Duchess of Cornwall. The Boys' Division has been supporting Banardo's for over 25 years, raising tens of thousands of pounds for the charity.

The Senior Girls this term have raised over £700 for St Anne's Hospice. The impressive amount was raised though a non-uniform day.

Children in Reception were inspired by reading the 'Percy the Park Keeper' books to help to tidy up their local park. The children created posted to encourage people to use the bins and also collected litter that had been dropped. They really enjoyed helping their local community.

The Jazz Band impressed the audience at this year's Horwich Music Festival. The band played a number of varied tunes, including some well-known hits such as Moondance and Born to the Wild, and the pupils did very well with their performance, particularly the improvised solos.

A group of five Senior School guitarists rounded off the Junior Boys' Lunchtime Concerts series in style this week. Four boys were former pupils at Park Road themselves, and it was great to be invited back to perform at their old school for the current Junior Boys.

Twenty-three Boys' Division pupils also showed their musical talents at a concert held in the Arts Centre. These musical evenings are held twice a year in School and allow pupils the opportunity to perform in public.

Six Bolton School alumni returned to school to talk to current Year 6 pupils in as part of the annual Careers Carousel. With the opportunity to speak to a Deputy Chief Constable in the police force, a fashion designer, a TV producer, an architect, an entrepreneur, and members of a video production company, there was certainly something for all interests! The children found it fascinating to hear about the many different careers that alumni go on to pursue.

Boys in Year 13 were given a great deal of good careers advice from three alumni currently working in London. Old Boys Matthew Entwistle, Tim Lightfoot and Jon Marsden connected with the Sixth Formers via Skype to talk about their experiences of entering the world of business and their varied career paths since then.

Past and present Bolton School pupils helped the City of Manchester Water Polo team to victory in the Men's British Championship in Gloucester. Five Old Boys and a current pupils were present on the thirteen-man squad who played in this national competition, and went on to beat the reigning champions and British League champions in the final.

This week's Inspiring Mind is Jane Panton, who was Headmistress of the Girls' Division from 1994 to 2005. In her profile, she shares her favourite memories from her time at Bolton School, from the Girls' Division's 125th birthday celebrations to leading morning assembly.

Friday, 13 May 2016

13 May 2016

The Boys' Division held a special Anniversary Assembly to commemorate the School's 500th anniversary, looking at three key periods in the history of the School. This event coincided with the unveiling of a new 'Roll of Headmasters' board, listing all known Heads from the 16th Century to the present. The Assembly therefore contained personal recollections of four former Headmasters: Mr Brooker, Mr Wright, Mr Baggley and Mr Poskitt.

Click here to watch the Anniversary Assembly in full.

Children at the Nursery made a special card for the Queen to celebrate her 90th Birthday and posted it to Buckingham Palace. They were delighted this week to receive a Royal letter back in the post! The Queen's Lady-in-Waiting sent them a thank you card from the Queen and a personal letter, which they opened and looked at together.

The School announced a new level of fee assistance for the families of pupils applying for entry into Year 7 in Autumn 2017. This is aimed at benefitting middle income families. The new sliding bursary scales mean that more families may be eligible for some level of assistance. Full fee remission for families that need it will still remain. For more information, click the link and visit the School website.

Bolton School's Nursery has been nominated for the national 'Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Award' in the National Apprenticeships Awards 2016! They were put forward by Bolton College after showing exceptional levels of commitment to the apprentices who work at the Nursery. It is a great achievement to have been nominated for this prestigious award.

This week, the Girls' Division held the final of the Bolton School Bake Off: twenty-two contestants were whittled down over five weeks to the last three pupils, who went head-to-head to create 'Showstopper' bakes to impress the judges. All three girls excelled with their creations and showed huge amounts of skill and creativity.

Children in Year 2 enjoyed a day of adventure at the Anderton Centre! They learned about Bushcraft and tried their hand at Archery and Canoeing. The pupils had lots of fun challenging themselves with these new activities.

Boys' Division staff and pupils faced off in an entertaining dodgeball match, all in the name of charity. The “all-star” staff team had to compete against champion teams from across the year groups, watched by an audience of boys and teachers alike and with an excellent commentary provided by Dr Reeson.

The Year 7 girls took part in their very own Francovision Song Contest. This twist on the Eurovision was part of the pupils' French studies and had the girls creating and singing in a music video entirely in French. Their performances were then played in assembly, and the whole school voted for which they thought was the best.

All of the girls' Francovision entries are available to view on the School's website. Click the song titles to watch the music videos: Viens Tenter Ta Chance by 7B; Laisse-Moi L'Amour Aussi by 7C; Ma Vie C'est La Musique by 7D; Dis Oui, Dis Oui, Dis Oui by 7G; Qui Je Suis, Qui Somme Nous by 7S.

The whole of the Infant School got involved for an exciting Circusology workshop. There were lots of activities to try out, from spinning plates and juggling scarves to devil stick twirling and poi swinging. Pupils had lots of fun encouraging one another, finding out what they were good at, and seeing their own abilities improve over the course of the session.

The Inspiring Mind this week is former Headmaster Alan Wright, who took the post in 1983 and retired in 2008, making this the third longest headmastership in the School's history. In his profile, he reflects on his time at Bolton School, including some of the highlights: building the sports hall and swimming pool and the opening of the new Arts Centre by Princess Diana, including the abseil down the clock tower to present her with a box of Milk Tray! He also talks about the varied changes that took place during his almost twenty years at Bolton School, the many memories he made and the atmosphere he encouraged.

A fitting Inspiring Mind for the week in which the 'Roll of Headmasters' Board was unveiled.